Tectonic meets OpenStack: Container earthquake expected

CoreOS and Mirantis come together to integrate their open source technologies.

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CoreOS, the company behind the lightweight Linux operating system for containers with the same name, and Mirantis, a pure-play OpenStack company, have joined forces to bring the recently announced Kubernetes 1.0 container management system to customers. The two companies are integrating Mirantis OpenStack with the Tectonic platform for Linux containers.

"Mirantis and CoreOS share a vision of helping DevOps teams create better software faster. Putting Kubernetes on top of OpenStack gives them flexibility in how they build their applications, letting them innovate quickly," said Mirantis CMO and co-founder, Boris Renski in a press statement.

When I asked what benefits does this integrating bring to customers, Kamesh Pemmaraju, Director, Partner Marketing at Mirantis explained that "Kubernetes is an open source project, not a commercial product that customers can rely on for production and enterprise support. ​Additionally, containers need to abstract infrastructure, but can't run without it. ​With the launch of Tectonic and integration of Mirantis OpenStack, companies not only get easy ​deployment and ​access to Kubernetes running on a container-optimized Linux operating system -- CoreOS -- but also enterprise-ready support, documentation, and training for both Kubernetes and OpenStack.​ The integration will allow users to deploy Tectonic with a single click via the Murano application catalog. It takes the pain away from complex deployment tasks so developers can focus on developing and testing their applications."

For those who aren't familiar with Kubernetes, it is a Google project that the company released as open source for anyone to use. Google uses Kubernetes internally to manage its containerized applications across multiple hosts, providing basic mechanisms for deployment, maintenance, and scaling of applications. By open sourcing the software Google not only created a developer community around it but also exposed technologies that can benefit customers using Google's products and services.

Kubernetes is known for being lightweight, portable, extensible and self-healing. To make it easier for DevOps and admins, CoreOS’ Tectonic combines Kubernetes and the CoreOS software portfolio in an integrated package, including a management console for workflows and dashboards, an integrated registry to build and share Linux containers, and additional tools to automate deployment and customize rolling updates.

One great advantages is that Tectonic can also run on-premises, giving customers complete control over their stack while running Google-like IT infrastructure.

Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS said in a press statement that “Mirantis possesses a deep understanding of open source software and their commitment to the open source ecosystem around OpenStack is second to none. It was natural to work with Mirantis to help customers see the benefits of Kubernetes on OpenStack."

Open source in the enterprise is becoming the norm. Giants like Facebook, Amazon, and Google run their entire empire on top of Linux and Open Source technologies. The reason why enterprise pick open source seems obvious, but to get a clear point I asked Pemmaraju, and he said, “​Businesses today need open, scalable, and flexible software technologies in order to compete in today's hyper connected world of instant global communications via mobile and social channels. How do you cost-effectively scale from 100 users to 10,000 users very very quickly? How do you keep costs under control at scale? How do you empower your developers to innovate new solutions in this new world of business reality? Open source technologies is the answer. Google and AWS use open source for powering their public clouds. A majority of smart mobile devices are powered by open source. Enterprise needs to catch-up and they don't want to be left behind stuck with legacy proprietary solutions. ​The combination of OpenStack + ​CoreOS ​allows enterprises to begin to make that leap."

In a nutshell, open source is the way forward for companies to run their IT infrastructure. You have to open up for the future!

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